The Irish Centre of Excellence in Robotic Technology (ICERT) is a company which was formed to protect the international competitiveness of Irish businesses and grow jobs by spreading the uptake of robotic and automation technology. ICERT targets industries which provide economic impact of scale, namely, Manufacturing Medical Device, Pharma and Biopharma, Fintech, Logistics, Healthcare, Retail. ICERT will remove barriers to job creation, job retention and competitiveness by boosting Irish ‘robotic density’.

Drawing from international best-practices, ICERT will be a place where training, research and development and industrial applications can co-exist.

ICERT will help to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting community and school-based projects that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence.

ICERT aims to create a world-leading innovation ecosystem in the field of robotics and automation for Ireland so that we can play a role in this new industrial revolution. Our international benchmarking activity indicates that jobs, specific skills and knowledge can be developed using a clustering approach that co-locates research, training and industry in one area. The OECD identified the main actors which can play a role in this ‘innovation ecosystem’ as being; universities, public research institutes and enterprises. Such a system includes activities such as joint research, exchanges in personnel, patenting, equipment purchasing and more. In response to this growing and critical demand from industry, the regional need for skills specialisation and the overwhelming evidence for profound growth in the field of robotics technology.